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What You Need to Know:

The VR School to Work

Transition Program

Presented by

Kirk G. Hall, Transition Administrator

youth face challenging times
Youth Face Challenging Times

Youth have been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn.

Of all the groups in Florida, Youth 16-24 have the highest unemployment rate at two times the statewide average.

Increased competition for limited postsecondary education and employment opportunities.

The labor market has changed substantially over the last six years.

vr commits to transition
VR Commits to Transition

VR Serves Transition Aged Youth:

  • Counselors Serving Youth
  • Time Frames & Referral
  • Necessary Services

Person Centered Planning:

  • Developing Work Skills
  • Practicing Social Skills
  • Community Networking
who receives vr transition services
Who Receives VR Transition Services?

VR does not serve the entire population of students with disabilities

Students must require VR services due to their disability in order to obtain employment

Individuals receiving SSI or SSDI due to their disability are presumed eligible for VR services

Most VR eligible students will fall into Priority Category I or II (no wait at present)

Training & Placement services do not require Financial Participation

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The Process

for

Successful Closure

Employment

Services Provided

IPE Development - 120 Days

Eligibility Determination - 60 Days

Application

Referral or Walk In

existing records and the ipe
Existing Records and the IPE
  • Current IEP or 504 Plan (diploma track)
  • Medical and/or psychological records or new evaluations that document disability
  • Transcript or academic reports
  • Attendance and tardiness reports
  • Behavioral reports, if applicable
  • Vocational training records and/or career assessments, if available
how is the ipe goal determined
How is the IPE Goal Determined?
  • Employment drives the planning process
  • The goal has to be realistic and attainable
  • The goal should align with the student’s capabilities, capacities and strengths
  • The focus of the VR counselor is not only employment, but to place the student on a path to a meaningful career

If we can’t have foresight,

We can at least have forethought.

individual plan for employment
Individual Plan for Employment

IPE is mutually developed with the student

Student vocational counseling

Identify aptitudes and abilities before interests

IDEA entitlementvs. ADA eligibility

Understanding the greater benefit of work (WIPA)

Informed choice for necessary services

Identification of school services on the IPE

just the facts raw data
Just the Facts: Raw Data

92 Dedicated Counselors + 71 General = 163 (34%)Transition Counselors

VR has a turnover rate of about 25%

The percentage is consistent with the number of Transition Aged Youth (TAY) served

The percentage of TAY that are still in high school at application is about 25% of all customers and is comparable to staff

effective collaborations
Effective Collaborations:
  • Project SEARCH
  • High School High Tech
  • Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA)
  • Postsecondary Education

Programs

project search www projectsearch us
Project SEARCHwww.projectsearch.us

Project SEARCH is a high school transition program offering a unique, business led, one year school-to-work process that takes place entirely at the host business. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.

program particulars
Program Particulars

Serves young adults with a variety of developmental disabilities

Students are typically on an Individual Education Program

Focus is on competitive integrated employment

State program sites are licensed through Project SEARCH Cincinnati with fidelity audit

Students participate in 3 targeted internships (worksite rotations) to acquire skills

partners and participation
Partners and Participation

Host Business- Supervision and Feedback

Local Education Agency- Employment Skills Curriculum

Community Rehabilitation Program- Job Coaching

Vocational Rehabilitation- Support for student

Developmental Disability Agency- Follow Along

finish the statement
Finish the Statement:

The agency is a payer of …

Last Resort

vr support
VR Support

On the Job Evaluation: first two weeks

Job Coaching: 40 hours in first or second rotation

On-the-Job Training: during the last rotation

Employment Services: after the last rotation

Supported Employment: after the last rotation

Uniforms and Supplies: prior to training

2012 outcomes
2012 Outcomes

Serving 148 students (20 in 2007)

60% of Interns Hired over life of program

Most students remain employed (6+ months)

Average hours per week 25.5

Average wage $8.33 (13% above min wage)

32% have benefits

88% of jobs match the original VR goal

project search database indicators
Project SEARCH DatabaseIndicators:

1. Graduation

2. Dropout Rates

5. Least Restrictive Environment

8. Parent Involvement

13. Compliant IEPs (Transition Goal)

14. Post School Outcomes

project search contacts
Project SEARCH Contacts

J. Erin Riehle, MSN, RNDirector, Project SEARCH, Division of Disability Services

513-636-8729

erin.riehle@cchmc.org

Susie RutkowskiCo-Director, Project SEARCH

513-803-5293

susie.rutkowski@cchmc.org

high school high tech www ncwd youth info
High School High Techwww.ncwd-youth.info

A program of the Able Trust

Engage students with all kinds of disabilities

Explore jobs and postsecondary education in technology-related fields

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Activities may occur during school hours, after school, or over the summer and holiday breaks

hsht activities
HSHT Activities

Corporate Site Visits

Job Shadowing

Summer Internships

Service Learning

Career Focused Mentoring

Guest Speakers/Mock Interviews

Campus Tours

Leadership Activities

hsht funding
HSHT Funding

The Florida Governor's Alliance for the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation

Corporate Grants

Donations and Sponsorships

hsht goals
HSHT Goals

To reduce the high school dropout rate of youth with disabilities

To increase the enrollment of youth with disabilities in postsecondary institutions

To improve the participation in education, vocational & employment activities in technology related fields

2012 hsht outcomes
2012 HSHT Outcomes

The Florida HSHT Program experienced a high school dropout rate of less than 1%

80% of Florida HSHT graduates entered postsecondary education, continuing education or employment

44% of Florida HSHT graduates entered postsecondary education after graduation

Services were provided in 122 high schools and alternative education settings

178 high school students (representing grades 9-12) secured employment

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Florida’s

High School High Tech

Programs

2013 tpca highlights
2013 TPCA Highlights

VR and the School District collaborate to provide VR eligible students with an approved IPE Community Based Work Experience (CBWE) in high school

VR collaborated with school districts to support 36 Employment Specialists

Services were provided in 16 school districts

246 high school students (representing grades 9-12) were provided work experiences

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Holmes

Jackson

Santa Rosa

Escambia

Okaloosa

Nassau

Walton

Gadsden

Washington

Madison

Jefferson

Hamilton

Leon

Baker

Calhoun

Duval

Bay

Liberty

Suwannee

Columbia

Taylor

Wakulla

Gulf

Clay

Area One

Bay

Calhoun

Escambia

Franklin

Gadsden

Gulf

Hamilton

Holmes

Jackson

Jefferson

Lafayette

Leon

Liberty

Madison

Okaloosa

Santa Rosa

Suwannee

Taylor

Wakulla

Walton

Washington

St. Johns

Lafayette

Union

Bradford

Franklin

Area Two

Alachua

Baker

Bradford

Citrus

Clay

Columbia

Dixie

Duval

Flagler

Gilchrist

Levy

Marion

Nassau

Putnam

St Johns

Union

Volusia

Alachua

Putnam

Dixie

Gilchrist

Flagler

Levy

Area Three

Brevard

DeSoto

Hardee

Highlands

Indian River

Lake

Martin

Okeechobee

Osceola

Orange

Polk

Seminole

St. Lucie

Sumter

Marion

Volusia

Citrus

Sumter

Lake

Seminole

Brevard

Area Five

Broward

Charlotte

Collier

Glades

Hendry

Lee

Palm Beach

Area Six

Miami-Dade

Monroe

Hernando

Area Four

Hernando

Hillsborough

Manatee

Pasco

Pinellas

Sarasota

Orange

Pasco

Osceola

Polk

Hillsborough

Pinellas

Indian River

Hardee

Highlands

Manatee

Okeechobee

St. Lucie

DeSoto

Martin

Glades

Sarasota

Charlotte

Palm Beach

Hendry

Lee

Collier

Broward

18 School Districts with a Third Party Cooperative Arrangement (TPCA) for CBWEending in School Years 2012-2013

Dade

Monroe

the florida consortium on postsecondary education and intellectual disabilities
The Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities

Three Core Universities:

University of South Florida, St. Pete (USFSP)

University of North Florida (UNF)

Lynn University

Primary Focus:

Development of a PSE Model (using partnerships)

Development of a PSE Credential

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utili

utili

why does vr support pse programs
Why Does VR support PSE Programs?
  • Education/Training is one of the most effective ways to eliminate barriers to employment
  • PSE supports the personal growth and development of “all” the skills needed to become employed
  • Promotes inclusive programs with fair and equitable access in the community
  • Adequate vocational guidance and counseling is often missing from postsecondary decisions
pse guidance for vr
PSE Guidance for VR

VR and the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) sought guidance from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).

Specifically, VR requested clarification about what services it could provide to students in a PSE who were also served under the auspices of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

vr is allowed to
VR is Allowed To:

Provide Vocational Services, Including-

  • Tuition, Books & Supplies
  • Maintenance
  • OJT
  • Placement
  • Support Services
vr services must be
VR Services Must Be:
  • Individualized and based on the person’s own unique needs
  • Provided only after pursuing the availability of comparable benefits and services from other public and private sources
vr collaboration
VR Collaboration
  • VR has committed a minimum of two staff per Area to act as liaisons to local PSE programs
  • Referrals should be made to VR for those students that may be referred to PSE programs
  • Year 1 & New PSE- as early as possible
  • Year 2 & Existing PSE- two years before exit
  • The LEA and PSE program will request a copy of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)
  • Training for VR PSE Liaisons
beess project 10 collaboration
BEESS/Project 10 Collaboration

BEESS and/or Project 10 will:

  • Encourage each Local Education Agency (LEA) to identify potential students who are likely candidates for PSE programs based on the student’s transition assessment and measureable postsecondary goals beginning at age 16.
  • Provide direction to the LEA regarding referrals for those students considering application to a PSE.
building relationships
Building Relationships

Include the VR liaison on the PSE selection committee

Have the PSE employment specialist become a VR provider

Have regular meetings to review progress and prepare for the next term

Have releases of information in place so that important happenings are shared

pse programs vary vr services are limited by the type of pse program
PSE Programs Vary”VR services are limited by the type of PSE program”

VR can’t assist with PSE services provided through the school district under the auspices of IDEA:

Dual Enrollment

LEA FTE for Career or Independent Living classes

Services supported with the McKay Scholarship

VR can assist with PSE services for students that have exited HS:

Services must be needed & employment related

vr supports for students under idea
VR Supports for Students Under IDEA

VR can assist with certain services needed to reach the vocational goal in the IPE.

Guidance and Counseling

Uniforms and work supplies

Needed PSE background checks/screenings

Related work experience or placement services

Provision of information for accommodations

Specific types of coursework

vr funding of coursework
VR Funding of Coursework

The courses must…

Not be able to be funded through school district or other comparable sources or benefits

Be necessary to obtain the vocational

goal identified in the VR IPE

Be approved by the VR counselor

courses align with a vocational goal
Courses Align with a Vocational Goal

Some examples include,

Taking an art class in Colors, Lines and Shapes with a goal of cake decorator

Taking an education class in Early Childhood Development with a goal of daycare worker

Taking a communication course in Communication Disorders & Treatment for a person with a speech impediment

Taking a college remedial class required for a TABE waiver under a dual enrollment program

additional vr supports for students not under idea
Additional VR Supports for Students Not Under IDEA

Tuition and fees

Books, supplies and equipment

Rehabilitation technology and assistive services needed to prepare for or be employed

Transportation assistance

Time limited medical

Time limited psychological treatment

being a better partner
Being a Better Partner

Early referral and application of students with an IEP, 504 Plan or other students with disabilities

Professional development orientation with partners

Transition staff contact list with school assignments

VR School to Work Transition Guidelines and Best Practices

Effectively Working with School Districts and Outreach to School District resources

Memorandums and Technical Assistance Papers

vr transition training
VR Transition Training

Guidance and Counseling for Transition

Developing a Transition IPE

Assistive Technology for Students Under IDEA

Employment Through Community Service &Volunteerism

Transition Training (Area 5 & Area 1)

Postsecondary Education (PSE) Training for Liaisons

School Based Discovery

Community Benefits and Services

vr transition services in high school
VR Transition Services in High School

Disability Guidance & Counseling

Long Term Disability Planning

Postsecondary Accommodations & Assistive Technology

Employment and Career

Community Based Work Experience

Third Party Cooperative Arrangements

Project Search and High School High Tech

Job Coaching & On-the-Job Training over Summer

Uniforms & Supplies for Work Experiences

Transportation Assistance to Community Resources

partner activities supporting transition
Partner Activities Supporting Transition

Business Connections: Employer & Professional Mentoring

Peer Counseling & Mentoring

Campus & Industry Tours

Community Service & Volunteerism

Youth and Social Clubs

Outdoor Recreation Organizations

Faith Based Organizations/Activities

School Based Enterprise

families take stock
Families Take Stock
  • 211 Referral Services www.gethelpflorida.org
  • Local Interagency Councils and Committees
  • Parent Teacher Associations www.floridapta.org
  • Disability Organizations & Support Groups www.disabilityrightsflorida.org
  • FL Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology’s General Resource and Self Help Guide for Children with Disabilities and their Familieswww.faast.org
financial resources
Financial Resources
  • Practical Money Skills for Life- Designed for youth http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/
  • US site for money basics and education www.mymoney.gov
  • Money Smart an educational program http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html
florida hats health and transition services
Florida HATS: Health and Transition Services

www.FloridaHATS.org

  • 411 on Health Insurance for Young Adults 18-30
  • Health Care Transition Training Program for Families and Youth
  • Regional Service Directory for Health Services
  • Learning About Your Health www.fyitransition.net
mental health well being
Mental Health & Well Being
  • Department of Children and Families Mental Health Services www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/MentalHealth/
  • The Multiagency Network for Student with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities www.sednetfl.info
  • Private Provider Resources
recreation leisure
Recreation & Leisure
  • FL Disabled Outdoor Association www.fdoa.org
  • Boys & Girls Clubs www.bcga.org
  • Social Interest Clubs (School, Library, Book Stores & Hobby Shops)
  • Athletic Activities & Interests
  • Faith Based Youth Organizations
self determination independence
Self Determination & Independence
  • Independent Living Centers www.floridacils.org
  • Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged www.dot.state.fl.us/ctd/
  • Self Determination & Advocacy (e.g., Stand Up for Me Curriculum)
  • Student & Family Guides for the IEP and Accommodations www.project10.info
  • Youth Development & Leadership
career employment guidance
Career & Employment Guidance
  • Career & Service Centers- Disability Program Navigator http://www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/index.html
  • School assisted Career Assessments www.iel.org/pubs/ncwd.html
  • Self-Directed Career Assessments www.choices.org
  • Agency Sponsored Career Counseling VR School to Work Transition Program www.rehabworks.org
what does the future hold
What Does the Future Hold?

Discovery as a VR service and using school based Discovery if available

Assisting school districts to capitalize through employment networks

Exploring Community Based Work Experience to meet postsecondary needs

questions
Questions

Please Contact:

Kirk.Hall@vr.fldoe.org

(800) 451-4327 toll free

(850) 245-3360 direct line